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Bluestocking Recommends…

Rebecca Gregory and Yasmin Haji-Hassan Below are some recently released books and articles and some upcoming events, lectures, talks and exhibitions that may be of interest to Blue-Stocking readers. We’d love any suggestions for additional items you think are relevant. Simply email editor@blue-stocking.org.uk with the details. Publications: Julie Andrews, ‘Home, A Memoir’ (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, … Continue reading

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Rebellion against the ‘silken snare’: two Bronte sisters and the struggle against convention

By Elly McCausland The authors of both Jane Eyre (1847) and Wuthering Heights (1847) present women that rebel against constraining and oppressive social norms, attempting to free their passionate natures from the many limiting forms of the yokes and moulds of convention. However, there is a stark difference between the ways in which both sisters’ … Continue reading

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Ingeborg Bachmann’s Malina: The (im)Possibility of Writing the Female Self

By Alexandra Hills The cultic tradition of German literary scholarship overlooks its few female exponents shadowed by inescapable male heavyweights of Germanistik. To toe the standard line, women in German literature are often limited to playing a supporting role to the eminent male genius whose ineluctable influence decides their fate, Goethe’s Gretchen for example. Ingeborg … Continue reading

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Dorothea Bate: Paleontology Pioneer and Mistress of the Museum

By Claire Standley You’d be forgiven for not recognising the name Dorothea Bate; an elusive figure of history, she is most likely to be remembered for her association with the Natural History Museum, as well as her frequent field trips to the Mediterranean. However, through recent biographical research, she has been rediscovered as a wholesome, … Continue reading

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Trota di Ruggiero: The Lady of Salerno Restored

By Kate Manns Pre-medieval texts and ancient manuscripts provided reference for early physicians and therapists, detailing discoveries from anatomy to diagnosis and treatment. For nearly five hundred years, The Trotulawas the only truly comprehensive compendium of female and paediatric medicine in this genre. Believed to be written in the early twelfth century; mystery and controversy … Continue reading